I like this programme:
Ten years ago the Iberian lynx was nearing extinction but today, thanks to an imaginative conservation programme that has brought hunters, farmers and the tourist industry under its wing, its numbers have tripled from 94 to 312
Yeah, I know, it\’s EU funded, yah boo hiss. One of the Portuguese arms of it is just around the corner from here. 5 km or so away. And there\’s certainly colonies of feral cats living off the bunnies around here so can\’t see why a lynx or two couldn\’t manage it.
Indeed, our own cats sometimes live off the local bunnies….
I\’m not sure if lynx and domestic cat (or feral domestic cat) can actually breed or not? I think they can: wildcats certainly can. Would be very fun indeed if the lynx became common enough that the cross breed starts becoming common*. Imagine that little bundle of fluff that Tiddles has produced for you turning out to be half lynx!
*Yes, yes, I know, we don\’t want the wild population to become half domestic cat but the other way around would be fun all the same.